The Old Mill Learner Profile trait this month is being a Thinker, and your child definitely put on their thinking cap first thing Monday morning! The kids were in high spirits after ski week, but jumped right into a tricky area and perimeter problem in which they had to design several different dog runs using exactly 24 yards of fencing. One run had to provide the most room to play, the other the most room for running, and another had to be confining. It was so exciting to hear the class share how they designed dog runs, all with the same perimeter, but different area.
To keep the “thinker” theme rolling, I showed the class a beautiful video of snow falling in a winter forest. Your child brainstormed words to describe the lovely scene and I wrote the words on the board. Then…I asked the children to write a poem about the snowy scene without using any of the words on the board. What?!? Again, your child became a true thinker as they turned to a thesaurus to find synonyms to write their poem. A few felt some real frustration, but they worked through this and the poems are just beautiful!
In math, your child learned to calculate the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes, practiced adding and subtracting up to 3 digits, and took the unit 4 cumulative assessment. I found that about half the class still struggles with regrouping (borrowing and carrying) in addition and subtraction; please check in with your child and work on this at home if you see this is a challenge. Thanks!
Our IB weather unit has our class so engaged! Your child condensed what they learned about some ways to predict weather in a video presentation. Next, we looked at the difference between weather and climate, and explored the world’s five major climates. In teams, the kids produced a world map and spotted patterns in order to discover the various climates. Next week, the class will begin tracking weather in locations around the globe and will compare this data to Mill Valley. Geoff Flint, Old Mill dad, meteorologist, and CEO of Customweather.com will speak to our class next week about some of the wild weather we’ve been experiencing lately.
I read an inspiring and sweet book about baseball legend, Lou Gehrig. This is a gentle lead-in to our upcoming Heroes unit. Be sure to ask why Lou considered himself the Luckiest Man despite being crippled by ALS.
In writing, your child got real-life practice writing a letter to a substitute teacher. A copy of the letter is in your child’s take-home folder and is worth looking at, not only as a reflection of how the class behaved for the sub (!), but as an excellent sample of a friendly letter and unedited writing from the heart. I delivered all the letters to the sub today, and she warmly asked me to thank the children.
In technology, your child learned to create page breaks in a document, insert images, add borders, and change fonts. We will wrap up the expert books next week, and all students have login instructions in their folder in case they want to work at home. No help, please :)
Have a wonderful weekend!